More than 600 acclaimed pinots will be poured at the 5th Annual Pinot Days San Francisco. The four-day pinot noir wine event (June 25 - June 28, 2009), connects wine enthusiasts with more than 200 winemakers, creating a unique opportunity for new and seasoned wine lovers to experience, enjoy and deepen their knowledge of pinot noir.
Among the activities scheduled: intimate wine gatherings and tastings, winemaker dinners, a wine tour, and a Grand Festival at historic Fort Mason. Also featured: an all-day tour that takes pinot lovers to wineries along Westside Road in Healdsburg, culminating in a private concert, wine tasting and barbeque.
Pinot Days founder Steven Rigisich believes 2009 may be the best year in Pinot Days' 5-year history. He explained, "Pinot's newly released 2007 vintage is nothing short of astounding, and is being touted as the best vintage in the history of domestic pinot noir. We expect this year to be the ultimate celebration of the Noble Grape."
Each year, Pinot Days conducts a large-scale annual charity auction at the San Francisco event, the proceeds of which go to one IOCC charity. This year's Pinot Days Charity Auction Beneficiary is Ethiopia's HIV Victim Food Relief Effort, an organization that provides food to victims of HIV so that they can take the necessary medications to counter the disease. 92% of the monies raised for this cause will go directly to providing food to people in the greatest need. Pinot Days Annual Charity Auction has raised over $61K to date for various beneficiaries.
More Info can be found at the Pinot Days website.